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Coronavirus Update: Working From Home (again)

A government campaign was launched in early August to actively encourage employees to return to the workplace in an attempt to boost the wider economy and revitalise city centres that had been left empty after months of lockdown. However, within two months, the pandemic appears to have taken a turn for the worse and the government announced yesterday that once again people should work from home wherever possible.

Ukraine relaunches privatisation

September 2020 – Yesterday, 22 September, the President of Ukraine signed the Law which amends the Law of Ukraine “On privatisation of state and communal property” (the “Law”), introduces parliamentary control over the privatisation of state property and “unfreezes” the preparatory procedures to privatise large-scale state-owned objects. The Law was adopted by the Ukrainian parliament on 8 September 2020 and will become effective after its official publication.

Cyprus introduces film production incentives

Producers and media companies are invited to utilise the Cyprus landscape and infrastructure and enjoy a variety of legal, corporate and tax incentives for filming in Cyprus under the new Cyprus Filming Scheme.

Legal guide to pre-enforcement steps under Jersey and Guernsey law

The temporary Covid-19 protections offered by the UK government to businesses to prevent them from being subject to winding up petitions or wrongful trading actions are currently due to expire at the end of September (although an extension is very possible).

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Web site bolsters software theft promotion

Alison Laferla reports Microsoft has set up a web page aimed at preventing illegal use of software. It contains information on copyright law, consumer rights and the definition of legal software. “Microsoft’s new site ensures that anyone who wants to understand licensing issues can go to a single place to get questions answered,” said Sharon […]

Office Talk peps up firm's productivity

Commercial, property and litigation specialist Rosling King has installed the information package OfficeTalk. The London-based firm was looking for a system to organise employees’ time and let them communicate effectively, and it says the package has increased productivity. IT manager Joyce Campbell said: “We needed a system which enabled people to coordinate activities in a […]

Ashurst team in HMSO privatisation

Ashurst Morris Crisp assigned a team of five partners and 11 assistants to advise Rupert Pennant-Rea’s National Publishing Group on the purchase of HMSO from the Government for £125m. Pennant-Rea, ex-deputy governor of the Bank of England, who resigned after details of his affair with a journalist were revealed in the press, is chair of […]

Ireland introduces a seven-year term for senior judges

Moves are under way in Ireland to bring judicial appointments in line with other areas of public life by fixing a seven-year non-renewable term for senior judges. The change is the most radical of the recommendations made by a courts commission set up by justice minister Nora Owen to devise a more efficient judicial system. […]

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